How Social Science Research Can Improve Teaching

Citation:

King, Gary, and Maya Sen. 2013. How Social Science Research Can Improve Teaching. PS: Political Science and Politics 46, no. 3: 621-629. Copy at http://j.mp/NFVja6

Abstract:

We marshal discoveries about human behavior and learning from social science research and show how they can be used to improve teaching and learning. The discoveries are easily stated as three social science generalizations: (1) social connections motivate, (2) teaching teaches the teacher, and (3) instant feedback improves learning. We show how to apply these generalizations via innovations in modern information technology inside, outside, and across university classrooms. We also give concrete examples of these ideas from innovations we have experimented with in our own teaching.

See also a video presentation of this talk before the Harvard Board of Overseers

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